I get lots of questions about mix bus compression. (i.e. Putting a compressor plugin on your master fader)
So I’ve put together a brief FAQ for ya
Q: Should I use a compressor on my mix bus?
A: It’s not required, but using compression on the mix bus (when done correctly) can really help glue the mix together.
If you have a good understanding of how a compressor works, go for it.
If compression is still confusing for you, I recommend not using compression on your mix bus until you’re more comfortable using a compressor.
[For more training on compression, check out:www.UnderstandingCompression.com]
Q: What settings should I use?
A: As with most things, it depends. But a good starting place is to use a 2:1 ratio, slow attack, a fairly quick release, and only a few dB of gain reduction.
Go aggressive on individual tracks. Go conservative on the mix bus.
Q: Should I deactivate the compressor before bouncing/exporting my mix?
The whole point of using a bus compressor is to help pull your mix together. Getting rid of it before you bounce/export or send the mix off for mastering defeats the whole purpose.
Q: Where can I learn more about mix bus compression specifically?
A: This past Friday I posted a new video inside the VIP members area where I cover my technique for using bus compression.
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